The Garden Route is undoubtedly one of South Africa’s most-visited areas and it is not difficult to see why as the craggy Outeniqua Mountains and Indian Ocean join forces to produce the Tsitsikamma forest, pristine beaches and an abundance of sea life, like frolicking pods of dolphins. Within this natural beauty that is also the country’s adventure capital (think high-speed mountain biking, the world’s highest bungee jump and tree-top zip lining), lies Plettenberg Bay, a premier beach destination and home to The Plettenberg.
An intimate hotel with outstanding views over golden Formosa Beach from its location on a rocky headland, The Plettenberg is a beacon of sophistication, understated glamour and old-world charm. The 37 rooms and suites are beautifully appointed, some with balconies overlooking the rolling surf. Guests are thoroughly spoilt in the award-winning SeaFood restaurant as well as in the luxurious Fresh Wellness Spa. The Plettenberg’s Sandbar lounge is the fashionable spot for high-voltage cocktails and after-dinner nightcaps.
Perfectly situated to ever-popular Central Beach as well as Blue Flag Robberg Beach, The Plettenberg does not forget younger guests. Children have their own special menus as well as activities, like body boarding on the ocean, playing beach tennis and cricket, giggling through popcorn and movies on a rainy day or even having interactive cooking lessons with the eternally-patient chef.
From June to November keep an eye out for families of southern right whales that return to the warmer water annually. With a good book, a glass of something delicious and a pair of binoculars, you can while away many a serene hour playing look out for these incredible sea creatures.